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Course starts: 12 October 2020Apply now
Become part of the Northern Centre of Photography, a lively space for critical debate, research and creative production for contemporary photographic theory and practice. Work alongside a diverse range of established artists, theorists, writers, curators and specialist technicians to develop your practice and professional career.
Enjoy the creative freedom of exploring a range of analogue and digital photographic media, new technologies and platforms. Meet and collaborate with staff and peers across the different disciplines of the School of Art and Design. Join NEPN and explore opportunities for professional development and work experience.
Explore MA Photography student work on the Photo Salon website. Photo Salon is a curated digital space featuring a diverse range of imagery, ideas and works created by MA Photography students and graduates of the Northern Centre of Photography at the University of Sunderland.
The Northern Centre of Photography is an international research hub for photographic theory, practice and curation: our tutors are research-active artists, curators and writers
International perspectives and professional opportunities are offered through the affiliate organisation NEPN
We welcome students from different disciplines and backgrounds with a bespoke syllabus and specialist workshops that map onto your interests and professional aspirations
You can work with still and moving image in chemical and digital photography facilities and benefit from access to facilities in the Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries, including the Fab Lab, the Media Centre and the National Glass Centre
Our taught sessions allow you to balance work-life with studies as you can choose to commit one (PT mode) or two (FT mode) days a week during term time
Offering a year-round programme of exhibitions, events and performances, Sunderland Culture brings big-name artists from the worlds of contemporary visual arts, glass, ceramics and performance to the city, alongside showcasing the best and most exciting local talent. There is a huge range of opportunities for students to visit the venues, take part in events and get involved in the programme. Learn more about Sunderland Culture.
The MA Photography programme enables you to examine the production, interpretation and distribution of the still and moving image, across the spectrum of photographic practices and against wider contexts of art, new media and digital technologies. You will look closely at contemporary photographic practice via guest artist presentations and visits to galleries and museums.
The contextual studies modules offer you advanced knowledge and understanding of contemporary critical debates, photographic practices and professional contexts that inform the presentation of your own practice. These modules use written assessment (essays, exhibition reviews and reflective accounts of own practice) to help you articulate your ideas and use research to inform your creative and professional practice.
We use a wide variety of teaching and learning methods ranging from professional and academic skills workshops, research seminars, theory lectures, practical demonstrations, peer critiques, and group discussions. You will have high levels of contact with tutors who give regular feedback and support and receive formative feedback throughout the development of each self-initiated piece of work.
You will also have the opportunity to meet established practitioners from diverse creative and industry backgrounds and hear about their work and careers.
Part-time students will study during daytime alongside full-time students.
Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.
Our typical offer is
in a subject related area. We will consider applicants with professional and vocational experience.
We also require three passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language, or an equivalent qualification, for example; a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number. If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.
If English is not your first language we will require an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with an overall score of 6.0 and at least 5.5 or higher in each component: reading, writing, listening and speaking. An alternative approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) can also be considered if the applicant's element scores are equivalent to those required for IELTS.
The annual fee for this course is:
The part-time fee is £375 per 10 credits.
If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.
Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.
This information was correct at the time of publication.
Postgraduates are highly employable and, on average, earn more than individuals whose highest qualification is an undergraduate degree. On completing this course, you will be equipped for a range of positions within the creative sector which include professional photography and arts practice, curatorial, editorial and design work as well as education.
Recent Sunderland graduates are now working in art institutions, museums, community arts organisations, Further Education Colleges and the wider media industry. A Masters degree will also enhance career opportunities within Higher Education and prepare you for undertaking a PhD.
You will have a range of opportunities to meet different practitioners working across the photographic sector. NEPN provides a programme of speakers and events that question and engage with photographic debates.
Previous speakers have included: Simon Norfolk, Helen Sear, Rosy Martin, John Davies, Peter Fryer, Paul Seawright, Liz Wells, Jem Southam, Tomoko Yoneda, Melanie Friend, Julian Germain, Paul Wombell, Dinu Li, Paul Hermann, Nicola Dove and Julian Stallabrass.
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